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Saturday, October 19 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Black Out preceded by The Barrel

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Black Out

Eva Weber | 2012 | 47 minutes | U.K., Guinea

The Sun sets over Conakry, but only a smattering of flickering lights interrupt the enveloping darkness. Eighty percent of the population in Guinea is without electricity and what does exist, mainly in the capital, is intermittent. This evocative and poignant documentary reveals a striking phenomenon hidden in these shadows: school children, driven by a desire and to learn and improve their lives and their country, who travel miles on foot to the airport, to gas stations, to parks in wealthy neighborhoods in order to have light to study by. 

The Barrel (El Galón)

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos | 2013 | 11 minutes | South Africa, U.K., Venezuela | U.S. Premiere

The Barrel shows us life in a floating village through a child’s eyes while juxtaposing the poverty and wealth that coexist on the fringes of Venezuela’s oil industry. Every day 832,000 barrels of oil are extracted from Maracaibo Lake, each one worth U.S. $100. Luis, 13, whose family lives on a floating village in the middle of the lake on less than $150 per month, wants a used oil barrel more than anything so he can make a boat and enter a race.

Co-presented by Tribeca Film Festival

Saturday October 19, 2013 5:30pm - 6:45pm

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